Whether you're new to our studio or have been practicing with us for years, it's nice to keep in mind our studio guidelines so everyone can enjoy at peaceful yoga practice.
Please arrive at least 5 minutes early...
The time listed on our schedule is the time that class begins, not the time to pull into the parking lot. Please allow yourself enough time to get to the studio at least 5 minutes early so you can set up and ground before class begins.
Because sometimes life happens...
We understand that sometimes life gets in the way -- you hit all red lights, there's a traffic jam, or you misplaced your keys. Sometimes things get in the way of being on time. If that happens occasionally, we understand. However, if you are the type of person that has a difficult time coming to class on time, that can be an issue -- not only for yourself, but for the other students and the teacher as well.
The beginning of class is a time to settle into the space and connect with yourself. It is also a time that the teacher will begin a meditation and start to warm up the body. By coming in late, you not only do a disservice to yourself, you also are being disrespectful to the other students and to the teacher who is leading the class.
If you are late...
Please come into the room as quietly as you can. Have your mat out of your bag ahead of time. Set up in the back of the room, rather than trying to squeeze into a spot at the front.
The studio policy is no student will be allowed to join a class already in session if 10 minutes or more late. This is for your safety and for the courtesy of others. Calling the studio to let us know you'll be coming late is not acceptable.
There are times when the staff will be required to lock up the studio door sooner than 10 minutes after class start time. If that is the case, please do not knock on any of the doors or windows to get the attention of the teacher. You'll have to come back to another class at a different time.
Use of electronics...
Please silence your cell phones completely before entering the asana room. Be sure to turn off all vibrations, alarms, and flashing lights as well, as these are all very distracting. It's best to simply leave your phone in your car until after class, where it will happily be awaiting your return.
Also, please do not text while in class or enter any information into a fitness app until after you leave the asana room at the end of class. Your time on your mat is intended to bring a level of peace into your life, and connecting to an electronic device -- no matter the intention -- is counterproductive, not only to you, but to other students and the teacher as well. This is the time to disconnect.
Wearing comfortable clothing is of primary importance when practicing yoga asana. Along those lines, being mindful of your clothing is equally important.
Ladies, if you're wearing pants, you may not realize just how see-through your leggings are compared to yoga pants. While expensive brand-name clothing is absolutely not something to worry about, understanding that your undies are being exposed to everyone if your pants are see-through is absolutely worth mentioning.
Gentlemen, if you enjoy wearing shorts to class, please be sure to wear some type of garment underneath them. You'd be surprised how revealing basketball shorts can be in certain poses.
*Always sign in at the front desk prior to class begins. If you need to pay for class or would like to update your memberhip, this is a great time to do so.
*If there is a teacher who is new to you, please take a moment before class begins to inform her/him of any injuries or issues that you may have.
*Prior to class to beginning, please keep your voice down while waiting in our lobby so the students in the class before yours can enjoy their peace and quiet time.
*Place your mat with enough space between you and your fellow students so no one feels crowded. Also, do your best to avoid placing your mat directly in front of someone else. If you come in late, set up your mat in the back of the room so you're not further disrupting the class by trying to squeeze into the front row.
*To keep our asana room a sacred environment, shoes are to be left outside in the lobby area.
*Please refrain from chewing gum while in class. As we encourage deep breathing and instruct our students in various breathing techniques, this could pose a health threat to you.
*Because some students have scent sensativities, please avoid wearing perfume or cologne to class.
*Once class is finished, take a moment and tidy up the area you were practicing in. This would include putting away any props used, wiping up any water marks, thowing away any tissues used, as well as picking up pieces of your mat if it's crumbling. Taking this time gives the gift of a clean space for the next group of students.
*If you have a question for the teacher, rather than shout it out for the room to hear, discretely motion for your teacher to come over to you at an appropriate time. Questions are always welcome, though quite often it's more appropriate to wait until after class is over so you're not disrupting the flow of the class.
*Our final resting pose, Savasana, is a time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. If you need to reposition yourself, there are many props available to help get you comfy. Sometimes moving to the wall is a nice option as well. If you find you'd like to set yourself up in a different position, please move slowly and quietly, remembering that the other students in the room are already in their happy places.
*Sometimes people need to leave class early. On occasion that's okay. If that's the case, please let the instructor know ahead of time so s/he can watch the clock for you. You'll be able to leave before Savasana. Once Savasana has begun, we'd ask that you stay until class has come to its end and everyone else is leaving the room. Again, this is for the consideration of others.
You will sweat...
Unless you're taking a Gentle Stretch, Restorative, or Sound Restoration class, it's very likely that you will sweat. This is a natural reaction to moving the body, and one that should be embraced.
If you're feeling overheated, a good solution is to rest in Balasana (Child's Pose) for a few moments to cool down, or to perform various breathing techniques to release some body heat. Your teacher can instruct you further in those techniques.
Please do not shout out to the teacher to turn the air conditioning or fan on. Your teacher is very aware of the room temperature. This temperature is part of what keeps the students safe in class. If the room is too cold, that has a direct impact on the chemistry of your body. The same is true with too hot, which is why we don't do "hot yoga." Trust your teacher's expertise in this area, and ask for ways to cool yourself down individually and naturally.
Thank you for your consideration with these guidelines. They will help maintain a safe, peaceful, and nurturing environment for all.